Is your computer shutting down without any warning? Or just crashes when you try to take it out of sleep mode ? There may be a power problem in your computer responsible for this problem.
This problem is also called “kernel power failure”, which can sometimes occur for no specific reason. Fortunately, this critical problem can be easily fixed with few easy steps.
What is a critical Kernel Power error?
Windows has a whole bunch of errors that can affect you, but some of them are critical and may crash the entire operating system, while others happen in the dark (background) without you even realizing it. In this article, though, we are dealing with the “Kernel power error” also known as ” Event ID 41 error “.
This error can occur at any point while using the computer, and will always cause by power problems. Some consumers claim that the error randomly occurs and is not always linked to the power supply. But in any case, the computer crashes, and the user loses the thing they were doing at that point. If you find yourselves in such a situation and experience this error, try one (or more) 5 simple steps: that could resolve your problem.
1- Update Windows 10
The first and most immediate move you can take is to update Windows or ensure you have the most recent version. Microsoft frequently fixes bugs and other issues they find in their upgrades, and the problem you faced might have fixed in one of the upgrades that you haven’t installed before.
Press the key combination ” Windows + I ” and start typing ” update ” in the search box that pops up. Select the option ” Check for updates “. If you find that you require an upgrade, do so. Continue this process until you find that everything is updated.
2 – Disable Windows 10 quick startup
Windows 10 Fast Startup is a hybrid sleep mode that wakes up your computer quickly and gets it up and running. This option is enabled usually as default after a new installation. Therefore, the computer may never really shut down every time you press the shutdown button.
The computer goes into hybrid mode, which is more like hibernation so the PC can quickly be “woken up”. This makes sense, but for most users these few seconds play no role and calm souls can disable this functionality.
To do this, open the Start menu and type ” power set “. Select from the results available ” Choose an energy plan “. Now select the option ” Choose what the on / off button does ” and select the link ” Change settings that are currently not available “. Then remove the check-mark at the end of ” Turn on fast start-up ” and save the settings. Finally, Reset your computer.
3 – Reset the RAM and graphics card
Some users have claimed that their Kernel-power 41 error resolved after they reset their RAM and graphics card (GPU). Therefore, you can try this option as well. However, to perform this, you may need to open your computer or laptop to access the hardware and if you have no idea how to do this, doing it yourself is not an ideal choice. Instead, take your PC to an authorized service center to let them do it for you.
4 – Start CHKDSK and SFC
CHKDSK is a Windows system tool that allows you to verify your file system . You can even specify particular options to help you find the “problem”. This tool runs through CMD (Command Prompt).
Run Command Prompt (CMD) as Administrator. Then type ” chkdsk / r ” (without quotes) and press Enter. Let the tool do its job to scan your computer.
If this tool detects no issue, it’s time to try SFC (System File Check). SFC is another system utility that can check if you have corrupt files or missing something in Windows, which can cause this problem.
The difference between CHKDSK and SFC is in the range and mode of searching on your computer.
However, before running SFC, it is better to run DISM tool (DISM = Deployment Image Servicing and Management). It is also a built-in tool with many functions. We need the DISM Restorehealth option to ensure that the SFC works effectively.
- Run CMD as administrator
- Type ” DISM / online / cleanup image / restorehealth ” (without quotes) and press Enter.
- Wait until the command is executed. It may seem she’s “stuck” at some point, but let her do it, the process could take 20 to 30 minutes.
- Once the process is complete, execute the command ” sfc / scannow ” (without quotes)
5 – Test power supply with OCCT
Hardware testing is tricky if you lack the right tool. Fundamentally, the hardware should be tested with a variety of software because the majority of hardware testing software, especially PSUs (power supplies), are inaccurate. But there’ s one comparatively useful tool and we used it a lot, known as the ‘OCCT’ tool. The free Windows tool for testing CPUs, GPUs and PSUs. Select ” Power ” in the ” Test Configuration “. Then select a graphics card and set the resolution to 1920 × 1080.
Save everything that you opened and close those windows. Keep OCCT run only, when done, press the large red icon/button that activates the stress test.
Most power problems are detected within the first 5 minutes of testing, but we advise to run this test for at least an hour. After the test is performed, OCCT will create a log with potential problems with the power supply or other hardware.
Download: OCCT (Windows)
All of the methods we mentioned have been tested by us and many users. What worked for us? A quick update and hardware reset. Your case could be different, but in any case we hope you may no longer face this ‘Kernel power error’ issue and your PC start to run smoothly again.